I know I say this every month but I can’t believe it’s now August. What the hell?! How is this year going so quickly!! I think July was a pretty awesome month, though; hot, chilled and lots of time spent down the beach. Perfection.

At the beginning of most months, I treat myself with a spending spree in Boots &/or Superdrug (Is this a thing, do you do that too?) It’s a monthly guilty pleasure for me and pairs buying essentials with picking some new treats to try. July was no different and I picked up a few new products which I am pleasantly surprised with and will definitely be repurchasing.

Here are my favourites from July:

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Shower Gel 
£5 for 250ml from The Body Shop

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As soon as I heard that The Body Shop were bringing out a Pina Colada range I was so excited! Coconut is my favourite smell ever and so a product that smells like coconut AND pineapple, well that’s the ultimate win really isn’t it?! And yes, it’s awesome – a great shower gel that makes your skin super soft as well as smelling divine. It’s also pretty reasonably priced too, only £5 for a decent sized bottle which based on how it’s currently going down will probably last for a good couple of months. They also do a body cream and body scrub in the range too if you are ALL about the coconut & pineapple life.

“If you like Pina Coladas, getting caught in the rain…”

Dr Salts Dead Sea Bath and Shower Gel
£5.99 for 350ml from Boots

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Another new shower gel purchase this month. I’m a big fan of the bath salts from this company (Dr Salts) so was keen to try the shower gel version. This one is Eucalyptus which is another fave smell of mine, particularly after the gym as it makes you feel really fresh and clean. Again, it’s very nice. Smell is strong but not too overpowering  and it also works well in the bath. I’ve been hitting the gym quite a bit in the last month and my legs haven’t been noticeably achy at any point so I think it’s down to this bad boy. Another guaranteed repurchase once it runs out.

Mitchum Powder deodorant roll-on
£2.89 for 100ml from Boots

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No one really talks about deodorant, it’s a pretty boring subject I suppose but it’s something we all have to buy so why not talk about it? I’ve fairly recently been converted from spray to roll-on. For a start I was getting bored of those unsightly white marks you get on your clothes from using sprays, not to mention how indiscreet using a spray is, particularly if you find yourself needing to top up during the day. So I started trying roll-ons. Some have been okay, some not so successful but this is, without a doubt, is the best I’ve tried. It lasts all day (and we’ve had some pretty hot days during July) for example since using this I haven’t caught a whiff of myself and thought “jeez, I need to sort my pits out” and it smells pretty nice too. I’ve tried a few of the different ones in this range and I can’t think of any reason why I’d ever choose another deodorant. I’m sure you’re thrilled with that news. #boringupdate

Superdrug Extracts Coconut and Sweet Almond shampoo
£2.29 for 400ml from Superdrug (derrr…)

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I’ve tried so many shampoos over the years. More recently some rather expensive ones too. And I hate to sound like a snob but I wouldn’t ever usually grab an ‘own brand’ shampoo like this one and I’m not actually sure why I did. I was in a Superdrug on a Saturday afternoon, surrounded by teenage girls who were taking over the ‘Revolution’ and ‘Zoella Beauty’ sections, moaning away about not being able to get the bits I wanted and I just saw this on the shelf. It was on offer and as it’s coconut I just grabbed it and went. Oh My God, it’s so lovely. It smells amazing (obviously) but it also really cleans and freshens my hair. There’s nothing worse than a shampoo that doesn’t actually clean your hair – you’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever experienced a shampoo that makes hair feel greasier after washing than beforehand! Plus it gives a good amount of volume and softness after drying too. I’m really very surprised about how much I love it and for the absolute steal of a price, it’s a firm winner.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
£8.99 for 30ml from Boots

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I’m trying to be ‘better with money’ at the moment. I’ve finally realised I’m an adult and need to save money every month instead of spending it all. So with that realisation comes not spending a crazy amount of money on make-up. I used to be an avid user of Clinique foundation and wouldn’t use anything else but I’ve started to experiment with high street make-up, which has come a long way in the last 5-10 years and is much more affordable. This is my favourite one I’ve come across so far. It’s a joy to apply to the skin, provides a good medium coverage which is perfect for me as I’m not a fan of the ‘cakey’ look and also gives the skin a slightly dewy and fresh finish which is always welcome. After all, who doesn’t want to look more awake? I use the Ivory shade which is a tad too light for my summer skin but still blends in really well. I’d recommend giving it a go if you’re in the market for a new foundation and as well as all the good stuff I’ve just mentioned, it’s blooming affordable too. You can get at least THREE of these for the price of most high-end foundations – that’s value for your buck right there!

No7 Shimmer Palette
£13.50 from Boots

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This is so lovely. I was looking for a highlighting palette just to add a bit of shimmer to my nose and cheeks for the summer and came across this on that monthly spending spree I mentioned above. I won’t lie, I was initially sucked in by the pretty case – it’s rose gold and shiny, oooooh. But the product itself is actually really nice. Shimmery but not too much, pink but not too pink and features a handy mirror. Does what it says on the tin, nuff said. TRY IT! (Oh I have the ‘Rose’ one – other shades are available if pink is not your thang).

Loreal Super Liner Ultra Precision
£6.49 from Superdrug

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I had my previous liquid eyeliner for blooming ages and when I came to buy a new one I was overwhelmed by the choice! My favourite look is a thick-ish line across my eyelid instead of using any on my waterline. (Top tip: using black on your waterline makes your eyes look smaller, white makes them look bigger, you’re welcome). I’m desperate to perfect the perfect cat-eye flick and so kept that in mind when buying a new one. This one has a long and thin tip which seemed to be the right candidate for said cat-eye. I like it, it’s a solid black colour, doesn’t come off or go crackly, creates a ‘precise’ line as the name suggests and it’s helped me get very close to the cat-eye life, just need a ‘bit’ more practice….

Clipper Lime & Ginger Green Tea
£1.59 from Tesco

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I am so obsessed with tea that it warrants its own post. This one is my current beau. If you like Green tea, you will love this, if you don’t then you probably won’t but try it anyway! It’s very ‘limey’ and has that cheeky ginger kick that pops up to say hello in the way that only ginger can. It wakes me up too, as someone who doesn’t drink coffee and only likes ‘normal’ tea now and again – and usually only when dunkable biscuits are involved – it’s the perfect morning companion. If I could marry a tea, I’d marry this. However, it was on offer in Tesco last time I bought it, so I really hope it’s not being discontinued!

As always, thanks for reading. Let me know what your favourites have been this month!

Also to note as a mini disclaimer – apart from the Superdrug shampoo (obvs) all of these products are available to buy at other places, I just added the link to where I bought them from. And another thing to mention is that I can’t control the pricing – the prices mentioned above were the prices at the time of writing this post.

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